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FIFA World Cup 2014: Who's saying what about Germany's 7-1 semifinal rout of Brazil

Wednesday, 9 July 2014 - 6:16am IST | Place: BELO HORIZONTE | Agency: AFP photo

Global reactions poured in to Germany's record-breaking 7-1 mauling of hosts Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday:

"It will be difficult to recover. Some players I don't think will be back to wear the Brazilian shirt. It is wrong now to criticise the players. On the field, Germany taught us how to play football. We have to learn from that."

- Former Brazil midfielder Juninho Paulista

"In nigh on half a century of watching football, that's the most extraordinary, staggering, bewildering game I've ever witnessed."

- Former England striker Gary Lineker

"Seven-one is not a normal result between two world footballing powers. But football can be like that. Sometimes things happen that you don't expect, and that is why it is beautiful."

- Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella

"It's a humiliating, terrible defeat. I'm holding back because we're suffering with them. Their World Cup is spoilt."

- Former France left-back Bixente Lizarazu

"Master class from Germany. Clinical, organised, hard-working, unselfish and humble. Very proud of the team. One to go."

- Former Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann

"I would worry that the Brazilian players might never recover from this. Some might not be able to come back from this."

- Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand

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